it's a tuesday evening here in japan. i'm james tengan. welcome to "newsline." here are some of the stories we're following this hour. japanese officials say they'll suspend work to relocate a u.s. military base within okinawa so they can try to overcome opposition to the move. foreign ministers from asean countries are discussing china's increased maritime activities at talks in kuala lumpur. officials with japan's weather agency have started an online volcanic eruption warning
system aimed at keeping climbers safe. and thousands of origami paper cranes sent to hiroshima from around the world as symbols of peace are being reborn so they can be shared with others. japanese officials have announced that they will suspend work to relocate a u.s. military base within okinawa prefecture. crews were planning to start reclaiming land in a coastal area of nago city to prepare for the move of futenma air station. many residents of the city have voiced opposition to the plan. the government's top spokesperson says the work will be put on hold for a month so officials can hold discussions with local authorities. >> translator: we would like to explain to the governor of okinawa our views on how to reduce the risks that the futenma air station and its relocation pose to nearby residents and how to reduce the overall burden on okinawa. i also look forward to hearing what the governor has to say.
>> workers were planning to start filling in land off the henoko district of nago city. the reclamation is part of work to rebuild a facility to replace the futenma air station. okinawa governor takeshi onaga said he may work against this after legal problems with the permit were cited. onaga told reporters he would wait on a decision on whether to revoke the approval until talks were complete. >> translator: if there is a way to resolve the issue through dialogue, i will put our best effort toward that. i'm ready to hold intensive consultations with the government over the next month. >> onaga reiterated his view that it would be impossible for the futenma operations to be relocated to henoko. he said he'll make his case to central government officials while taking care not to let the talks break down.
china's land reclamation work near the spratly islands has been a source of growing concern among its neighbors. foreign minister phrase asean member countries are focusing on the issue as they begin talks in kuala lumpur on tuesday. the philippines, vietnam and other parties claim the islands in the south china sea. >> asean can and should play a vital part in effecting the makable settlement, one that respects the dignity of each nation. above all, we must be seen to address this issue peacefully and cooperatively. >> philippine delegates plan to propose a joint statement criticizing the reclamation work, but representatives from other nations oppose the idea out of consideration for relations with beijing. officials in washington have been critical of the reclamation activities. chinese workers have been building air strips and other facilities. >> it's our strong opinion that
a claimant not undertake actions that significantly increase the physical size or functionality of disputed features or to militarize them. we would view that as provocative. >> chinese foreign minister wang yi has warned officials from other nations not to single out china for criticism. >> translator: we cannot accept making a or speaking badly about a country. >> some negotiators are leery of escalating tensions between the two superpowers. >> especially with china and the united states, and if a conflict arises between the two, then of course, we would feel the impact. >> observers are watching to see if washington will maintain a hard stance against beijing with
president xi jinping planning to visit the u.s. next month. xi and other chinese leaders gather each summer to set policy goals at an unofficial beidaihe retreat. members of the communist party converged on the province for the closed-door talks. local media reports suggest the meeting may be about to start or that it's already under way. the state-run xinhua news agency has reported that vice president lee yuan chow and another high-ranking official have arrived. they visited an arts and essay exhibition created by local schoolchildren. officials at the meeting are expected to discuss a new five-year plan of basic economic goals. they'll likely talk about how to promote stable growth while carrying out structural reforms in the face of a slowing economy. president xi has been trying to push forward with anticorruption measures. the communist party had earlier
announced it expelled a close aide of president hu jintao and a top military officer. the moves come as senior party members close to xi are assuming important posts in beijing and other regions. a u.s. veteran who took a flag from a famous japanese battleship is sending the war souvenir back home. the former marine says it should be back in its rightful place aboard the "mikasa." the 92-year-old handed the piece over to members of a u.s. veterans support group. he asked them to make sure it gets back safely to japan. the man says he took the souvenir from the "mikasa" 70 years ago. he was stationed in japan as a member of the occupying forces soon after the end of world war ii. admiral heihachiro togo used it at the head of his fleet at the reduce of the war in 1964 and 1965. they defeated the baltic fleet
in the sea of japan. navy commanders decommissioned the battleship in 1923 and moved it to yokosuka city near tokyo. they are expected to hand it over to members of the mikasa preservation society. investors are busy sifting through corporate earnings reports thp. they're finding that japanese exporters are turning in stronger results for the last quarter. that includes carmaker giant toyota, which announced its figures on tuesday. gene otani from our business desk has more on that and other headlines. gene, how do toyota's numbers shape up? >> pretty good. and toyota's such an important company because it weighs so heavy on the index in japan. toyota motor logged record-high sales and net profit for the latest quarter, helped by the weaker yen, and that was despite a decline in the number of vehicles it sold worldwide. toyota executives released the group earnings report for the april-to-june quarter. total sales came in at more than $56 billion, up over 9% in yen
terms from a year ago. the net profit came to more than $5 billion, up 10%. still, toyota sold fewer vehicles globally. sales were off more than 5% dragged down by sluggish results in japan and other asian markets. however, the lower yen inflated profits of overseas operations. a toyota executive expressed worries over possible effects from a slowdown in china's economy. executives at major corporations in japan are willing to spend more on their plants and facilities. a survey forecasts a double-digit increase in capital investment for this fiscal year due to higher earnings. officials at the development bank of japan surveyed large companies with capital of at least 1 billion yen or $8 million. about 2,200 responded. the poll predicts a 14% rise in capital investment from last
fiscal year. manufacturers plan to spend 24% more on development and production of of chips for smartphones and on eco cars. non manufacturers plan to increase investment by nearly 9% on real estate development and logistics. checking out the markets, japanese stocks ended lower on tuesday after moving in a tight range. let's get the details from our business report erer mayu yoshida. tell us more. >> hello, gene. there's been a global commodity route now that the earnings season has passed its peak in the u.s. focus is slowly shifting to the macro picture. investors continue to worry about china and of course the rate hike in the u.s. so, the markets lacked power today. first, the closing levels in tokyo for august 4th. shares barely moved all day but ended mixed. the nikkei closed down at 20,520, but the broader topix ended flat but in the positive. and brent crude dropped below $50 a barrel to a level we
haven't seen since january. there's mounting concern over china's slowing growth that's weighing on oil and copper prices. so, cheap oil prices pushed down the energy sector. impex is down is down 1.63%. cheaper fuel is good news for airlines so the aviation sector got a boost with japan airlines rising 1.5%. we are still in the middle of earnings season here in japan. mitsubishi corporation, which is the biggest trading house in japan, reported today that its april-to-june net profit fell 32% from a year earlier, much lower than market consensus. so mitsubishi shares lost ground and closed down nearly 7%. but toyota moved lower before its earnings figures come out after the markets' close. suzuki motors jumped over 4% after posting a record operating profit for the latest quarter. suzuki also surpassed an all-time high it hit yesterday on news that u.s. activists fund third point is buying a stake in the automaker.
japanese shares are still likely to move as earnings figures come out, but for today, it was a little sluggish on worries over china, and of course the global commodity route. that's it for me. back to you. >> mayu thanks. mayu yoshida reporting from the tokyo stock exchange. moving on to other markets in the asia-pacific region. in china, the shanghai composite recovered from three days of losses. the index jumped nearly 3.7% to 3,756. that's after government officials said they'd introduced measures to limit short selling. sydney's asx200 rose 0.3% d to strong retail ses in june but gains were limited as lower commodity prices dragged down energy and resource-related stocks. taiwan's taiex fell to the lowest closing since february of 2014 following a decline on wall street. shares in semiconductors and other high-tech companies were sold on weak earnings. hong kong ended almost flat after moving in and out of positive territory.
seoul's kospi rose about a percent. some investors were hunting for bargains after the index hit a five-month low on monday. u.s. new car sales raced to a ten-year high last month. american motorists opted for sport utility vehicles on the back of lower gasoline prices. analysts at private research firm auto data say carmakers sold more than 1.5 million vehicles in july. that's up over 5% from a year earlier. low interest rates for auto loans were another factor helping drive sales of suvs and pickup trucks. general motors saw sales expand by more than 6%. ford and fiat chrysler automobiles also turned in higher numbers. japanese makers saw gains. toyota sales edged up 0.6%. honda and nissan both logged increases of more than 7.5%. analysts believe sales for the year could top 17 million vehicles for the first time in 14 years, if the trend holds.
mitsubishi aircraft corporation has opened an engineering center in the u.s. city of seattle. the company is building the mitsubishi regional jet, or mrj. it's japan's first new passenger plane in half a century. the governor of washington state and industry people attended an opening ceremony. seattle is home to boeing one of the largest aircraft builders in the world. the mrj's maiden flight is scheduled for autumn this year in japan. mitsubishi is planning to hold expanded test flights in the united states. researchers at the center will analyze data and complete safety certification procedures. company officials want the mrj to be a major player in the growing market for regional jets. demand for 78 to 90-seater planes is expected to exceed 5,000 worldwide in the next 20 years, and mitsubishi hopes to build half of them.
>> translator: the u.s. accounts for about 40% to 50% of the global small jet plane market. i hope having the engineering center here will attract u.s. customers. >> mitsubishi plans to hire 100 people in seattle. morimoto hopes mitsubishi will be able to learn from experienced u.s. engineers. that's it for business news. i'll leave you with the markets.
officials at japan's meteorological agency or jma are trying to keep people safe during volcanic eruptions. they've launched a system to issue faster warnings so mountain climbers and local residents can escape harm. nhk world' reporter has more. >> reporter: officials were prompted to act by the deadly outburst last september on mt. ontake in central japan. the mountain erupted without warning, killing 58 people and leaving 5 others missing. they say the new system will help keep climbers safe by sending out an immediate alert. there are 110 active volcanos in the country. the new system covers 47 that are under constant surveillance. in the event of an eruption a warning would go out within five
minutes. officials will decide to send the alerts based on footage from surveillance cameras as well as seismic activity where eruptions are thought to have occurred. the system covers a variety of scenarios. it will send an alert when activity occurs on the volcano that has not erupted for a certain amount of time. it will also inform people when an ongoing eruption grows in intensity. >> translator: we're going to step up efforts to monitor volcanos so it can provide more detailed information. we want to advise people to check information about volcanic activities and hazards before approaching a volcano. >> reporter: people can check the warnings by accessing the jma website. registered members can receive the warnings as a message on their mobile phones or via
smartphone app. the alerts will also be sent out on a community-wired system. they say the system is designed to notify climbers who are some distance from a volcanic crater. >> translator: i think i can manage the situation easier if prompted. >> translator: the system makes us reassured. it will also help us pick up our next summit. >> reporter: but the system isn't perfect. several volcanos under surveillance and covered by community. mobile phone coverage is also not available in some areas. climbers still need to protect themselves by making sure they have all the most up-to-date information. yasutaka ueki, nhk world.
a senior u.s. government official will make history when she attends services in japan to mark twin tragedies. rose gottemoeller from the state department will visit hiroshima and nagasaki for the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings. u.s. representatives say it's the first time washington is sending someone in an official capacity. gottemoeller is the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security. she'll attend the peace ceremony in hiroshima on saturday and another service in nagasaki on sunday. ambassador to japan, caroline kennedy, is joining her for the second straight year. her predecessor, john roos attended the event in hiroshima in 2001. he was the first u.s. ambassador to do so. some americans still say the
bombings were necessary to end world war ii. gottemoeller's attendance at the services is considered a sign of president barack obama's commitment to nuclear disarmament. obama has championed the cause since he took office. many people remember the bombings by making origami cranes. they have long been a form of prayer here in japan and they've become an international symbol of peace. thousands are sent to hiroshima each year. now some of them are taking on new forms. nhk world's ayano kozama reports. >> reporter: the children's peace monument stands in peace memorial park. the statue is modeled on a real girl who was suffering from leukemia after being exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb. she folded thousands of paper cranes to pray that she would recover. for decades, people in japan and around the world have been folding their own paper cranes
and sending them here as a way to appeal for the abolition of nuclear arms. every year the children's monument receives around 10 million of them weighing some 10 tons. there are so many they can't be left on show for very long but they're never thrown away. the city has been storing the old cranes. now it has about 80 tons of them, so three years ago it started giving them away to people and organizations that have creative ways of using them. one place that takes them is a social welfare group in the city for people with disabilities. they unfold the cranes and sort the sheets into different colors. as the paper cranes are unfolded, sometimes they reveal messages of peace. each time they find one of these
messages, they make sure to read it carefully. >> translator: we want to pass these messages on to other people but from the old paper visible in the recycled sheets remind us of the messages people put into their cranes. >> reporter: recently staff from the facility visited a local elementary school. to explain the symbolism of the paper cranes they tell the children the story of tadako the girl who was the model for the children's peace monument. even on her death bed, she continued to fold paper cranes each filled with her prayer for health. >> translator: the cranes that sadako folded embodied her powerful desire for life. the statue represents the hopes of all of the children who died from the atomic bomb attack. >> reporter: next the children
began unfolding paper cranes. they found that some contained sketches and messages even in foreign languages. this one is in spanish. finally, the children began folding their own paper cranes using the recycled paper. >> translator: i'm thinking about the messages of peace, so this paper crane comes from my heart. >> translator: my prayer is for peace and an end to all war. >> reporter: the old paper cranes are now being recycled into notepads and postcards as well as origami paper. new paper in the hands of a new generation, but the message of peace remains unchanged. ayan onk kazama nhk world, hiroshima. >> thanks very much, ayano. our special coverage of the
war 70 years on will continue throughout the summer. flooding on an unprecedented scale, millions of lives lost and 70 years later, few who survived world war ii remain alive. japan is the only country to haveeen attacked with atomic bombs. how can its people apply the harrowing lessons learned in wartime to help promote peace? don't miss our special coverage from hiroshima and nagasaki the war 70 years on. >> you're watching "newsline" coming to you from our studios here in tokyo. it's time for a check on the world weather with jonathan oh. jonathan, dry weather is continuing to fuel fires in california, and it's looking pretty serious. how bad is the situation? >> hey james. we are talking about a very serious situation where we're saying tens of thousands of hectares have been burned due to fires that are taking place in
california. look at the satellite imagery. you see no cloud coverage over califoia. yes, we have some clouds to the north bringing maybe some precipitation, but over california, it's bone dry. let me show you the video. and the video speaks for itself when it comes to the dramatic images of this fire taking place, continuing to burn parts of northern california monday. the blaze has been dubbed as the rocky fire. it has scorched some 24,000 hectares of land and destroyed dozens of homes and buildings since last week in northern california. more than 13,000 people have received mandatory evacuation orders or advisories. no serious injuries have been reported but we did get reports of one firefighter who died last thursday in a separate blaze in california. and let me show you what's happening with the drought situation. this is not helpful at all when it comes to these wildfires and forest fires taking place. the entire state of california is seeing some form of drought. we're talking about severe
drought, extreme drought and exceptional drought, even extended as far south as los angeles. and even the western portions of the united states, all the way up into the pacific northwest, dealing with the dry weather. we're going to see the dry weather pattern continuing. we have low pressure yes, down toward the desert southwest. this is part of that monsoonal setup that we see around this time of year but most of the rain is escaping toward the east and the rain escaping toward the north, but really none over california. we're going to see another dry day as we go through tuesday. on the eastern side of the united states and also into portions of canada we're seeing a very different story. cold front moving through, bringing some rain along the eastern seaboard. so toronto, new york washington, d.c., we're looking at a chance for some rain and thunderstorms as we go through the day. even miami seeing some of those scattered thunderstorms. but los angeles staying dry with a high of 29 degrees as we go through today. now, let's take a look at what's happening over near hawaii where we're keeping an eye on guillermo. this is a tropical storm. but notice the clash toward the
north. it's carrying a cloud because of the resistance and it's also going over slightly colder waters. it is expected to remain a tropical storm, moving north of hawaii. still maybe concerned with some rain winds and the waves from the system but it will weaken continually into a depression by the end of this week. and so not expected to intensify as it progresses through that time period. looking at the forecast for east asia, you see this storm here with a clearly defined eye? this is a violent typhoon named sudalor. as it continues to move towards the west it will continue to be something we need to watch closely, because as it moves towards the north and west look what's in its sights. taiwan is likely going to get some very strong wind as we go into the weekend. wind gusts of 306, sustained pressure down to 900 hectare pass cales. this will be a heavy storm. meanwhile, rain into north korea and a low is located over near
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